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Alaska Mine Opening Attracts Andrus

At the time Andrus’ name was mud to the “propeller-heads,” as he and former Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond described the men who wanted to carve up some of the nation’s most beautiful landscapes, no matter what the impact. But this week Andrus was in Juneau to celebrate an altogether different landmark, the opening of the Kensington Gold Mine. Andrus was on the board of Coeur d’Alene Mines for many of the 17 years the Idaho-based company worked on opening the controversial mine. So he joined his close friend CEO Dennis Wheeler in a community celebration upon the opening of the $400 million mine. “I always was supportive of mineral developments that were protective of the environment,” Andrus said in a telephone interview/Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Has ex-Gov/Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus gone over to the dark side by returning to Alaska to celebrate opening of controversial mine?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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